North Carolina Child Care Assistants Help Family of Educators On Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Program airs January 31, 8:00 p.m. EST

RALEIGH- Thirteen members of the Stokes Partnership for Children’s AmeriCorps and Children Together (ACT) program will appear on this week’s episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition. The ACT members help build a house for a family of Lexington educators who serve the local school system.

ACT members provide release time for early childhood teachers so the teachers may continue to study early education to better serve North Carolina’s youngest children. ACT members often serve 30 hours a week as teacher assistants in North Carolina child care centers to provide this relief to teachers. The Stokes Partnership for Children administers the program locally and through Smart Start and Head Start programs across the state. It is just one of the many ways Smart Start partnerships bring in hundreds of thousands of federal funds to serve North Carolina families each year.

Katie Snow, the ACT Program Coordinator with the Stokes Partnership for Children, coordinated the participation of more than 50 North Carolina AmeriCorps volunteers from various counties and programs across the state for the TV show.

“When I first heard the announcement that the show was coming to our area, I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the local AmeriCorps programs in North Carolina,” said Snow. “This is right up our alley; volunteer work is what we do. And, it was great to help a family that—like our members—were giving their time to children. It was a wonderful experience for our members.”

AmeriCorps members planted flowers, moved furniture, cleaned, and helped host and carpenter Ty Pennington create a “special project” for the family. The episode will air this Sunday, January 31 at 8:00 p.m. The AmeriCorps members can be identified by their matching black baseball hats with the AmeriCorps logo.

For more information about Smart Start, North Carolina’s nationally-recognized early childhood initiative, visit http://www.smartstart.org. To learn more about ACT, visit http://www.stokespfc.com. To learn more about AmeriCorps programs in North Carolina, visit http://www.volunteernc.org/.

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